Several amendments to the North Carolina Massage and Bodywork Therapy Practice Act were enacted by the North Carolina Legislature in July 2017.

The highlights of the amendments are:

  • Removes massage and massage business from adult entertainment statutes and provides no person shall permit the practice of massage and bodywork therapy in an adult establishment
  • Requires that all applicants for a LMBT license shall demonstrate proof of English proficiency
  • Adds massage and bodywork therapy to the list of professions that require an Art of Healing privilege license from the NC Department of Revenue, effective for taxable years beginning July 1, 2018 and provides counties and cities may not levy any license tax on the business or professions taxed under the Art of Healing
  • Authorizes the Board to license and establish rules for establishments that provide massage and bodywork therapy services
  • The effective date for most of bill is October 1, 2017.

The Board will be seeking to identify and contact all establishments in North Carolina that offer massage or massage and bodywork therapy to make sure they become licensed by the Board.  The Board will be asking LMBTs in North Carolina for assistance in identifying establishments in their communities that may be providing massage or massage and bodywork therapy services.  Within the next six weeks you will be receiving notification from the Board regarding documents you can complete to assist the Board in the process of identifying establishments that are required to be licensed.  The Board estimates it will take six months to a year to implement the licensure of establishments.

November 2018

The proposed Rules and Regulations approved by the Board at their June meeting were reviewed by the Rules Review Commission at their September and October 2018 meetings.  Due to receiving 10 or more letters of objections to the proposed rules, the rules have been reported to the General Assembly as eligible for legislative review.  Please go to the News and Announcements page to view the Rules and Regulations subject to legislative review.